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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Rick Santorum and Hillary Clinton Like the Same Band

The Irish rock band U2 is complaining about U.S. lawmakers using its concerts to raise campaign money. Politicians, including Rick Santorum, a powerful Senate Republican, and Hillary Clinton a Democrat in the Senate who represents New York, have scheduled fund-raising events in arena skyboxes during shows for the band's North American Vertigo tour, which runs through the end of the end of December.

Jamie Drummond, executive director of DATA, an Africa advocacy group co-founded by U2 singer Bono, said in a message posted on the band's Web site: "Neither DATA nor Bono are involved in these (fund-raisers), and they cannot be controlled. The U2 concerts are categorically not fund-raisers for any politician — they are rock concerts for U2 fans."

Santorum's press secretary, said Thursday that the Pennsylvania senator's decision to hold a fund-raiser during tonight's Philadelphia show is based on his "deep respect and admiration for Bono and their work together over the last few years to fight the global spread of HIV-Aids."

Senator Santorum's office hasn't spoken with Bono about the issue. The senator's press secretary says it's routine for elected officials to host such fund-raisers at sporting and cultural events.